I’m back in Bali for the first time since the pandemic, and I am so happy to be back. I have actually been here since the beginning of the month, but since I’ve had so much else to do, working on my site and my online shop, it is only now that I finally have the time to get started on this round of Bali posts.
Bali was actually one of the last places I traveled to before everything shut down, so it is a bit funny, that Bali is also one of the first places I visit after the pandemic. Right now, it is the wet season in Bali, so it rains a lot, but when it does not rain, everything is lush and green from the continuous watering.
My main purpose for this trip is to eat lots of fresh fruit, do yoga, and meditate over at Yoga Barn, and it’s going very well, if I may say so. I have been to at least one class every day, and I eat a nice fruit salad at the guesthouse each morning for breakfast.
Yoga Barn has really come back strong from the pandemic and I don’t think I have ever seen it so full. The other times I’ve been there, you could show up just a few minutes before the class started, because there was always room, but nowadays you have to be there as soon as registration opens (30 min. before) for the most popular classes, if you want to make sure to get a spot.
I also think the clientele at Yoga Barn has changed quite a bit. It used to be mainly yoga hippies wearing loose-fitting, tie-dye, cotton clothes, but nowadays, hipster yogis in Lululemon are dominating the scene.
However, Yoga Barn is still a really nice place, and I am impressed with how they have managed to create such a beautiful and peaceful oasis, where people from all over the world can meet and share a common interest.
This time, my focus has been on meditation, yin yoga and yoga nidra, and it has really worked wonders. In the first week, I fell asleep during many of the meditation sessions, but after I started staying awake, it was like I opened a gate to a whole new world. I don’t otherwise consider myself particularly spiritual, but it has been an amazing experience to connect with that side of myself, to look inward and to reflect. These types of classes is also where Yoga Barn really shines, and I don’t think you find such a broad selection of classes with truly excellent instructors anywhere else in the world.
Almost forgot to mention that the cacao smoothie bowl at the Garden Kafe at Yoga Barn is a must-try. It tastes like chocolate ice cream! Here is a short video so you can see for yourself: